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  • Small businesses (fewer than 50 employees) face the same security threats as large organizations. However, such businesses also must contend with the challenge of limited budgets for IT expenditures. The role of administering the network in a small business often falls on the business owner or on the default in-house techie, both of whom wear many other hats in the organization and usually do not have the time, the resources or the expertise to work on complex deployments and administration. Small businesses often believe that enterprise-grade protection is beyond their means. Fortunately, small businesses can have big-business-type protection despite their limited budgets by taking advantage of modern network security technologies and approaches. In this eWEEK slide show, using industry information from new-generation security provider SonicWall, we offer the top 10 network security challenges faced by small and midsized businesses (SMBs) and tips to addressing each of those challenges.

  • It's pretty clear to people who study these things that workplace productivity, despite all the new productivity tools IT vendors have made available in the market, is declining. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, worker productivity—which can be mapped directly to production output—dropped at a 0.6 percent annual rate during the second quarter of 2016. With business productivity down for the third quarter in a row, it is evident that every business, no matter the industry, is dealing with this problem. While there is no single explanation for this decline—it could be because employees are surfing the Net or using social networks during work hours, or any of many other factors—any organization can take simple steps to create efficiencies, improve business process and address an increasingly mobile workforce so they can stay productive no matter their location. This eWEEK slide show, using industry information from Walt Thinfen, president and CEO at Visioneer, a Xerox Trademark licensee, provides practical tips for organizations of all sizes that are seeking to boost employee productivity and help keep workers efficient and happy.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: President Donald Trump withheld an executive order on cyber-security that was ready for his signature leaving the Washington IT security community wondering what changes he intends to make.

  • Innovation is a buzzword enterprises throw around to illustrate their ability to get things done, deliver new business opportunities and drive future growth. But it’s technology that drives innovation, according to a new study from IT consulting company Softchoice. The company, which recently released a survey of more than 1,250 IT and business professionals across the U.S., found that innovation is critical to business growth. But in the workplace there is often a divide between the IT and business sides about the importance of technology innovation to success and growth. Many IT leaders believe that the most successful companies are those that place a premium on technology driving innovation. Furthermore these leaders are seeking opportunities to play a stronger role business decisions. The survey also found that cloud computing could prove critical to business growth. This slide show will cover the survey's findings regarding the importance of technology and innovation and their contributions to business success.

  • The initial public offering, to be listed as SNAP on the New York Stock Exchange, could raise as much as $3 billion.

  • The IT industry is strong. That’s the main takeaway from CompTIA’s latest report, “IT Industry Outlook 2017.” The study, which includes a look at everything from broad industry trends to changes in the cloud, predicts overall IT industry spending will grow 4.1 percent this year to more than $3.5 trillion. The growth in spending is expected to occur in several areas, including increasing cloud adoption and the ongoing appeal of the internet of things. But the industry also is undergoing a major “digital business transformation” that’s affecting both small and large enterprises, according to CompTIA. The report also notes that IT Industry business confidence is particularly high and total industry employment in the United States is up year over year. Despite those successes, enterprises still are dealing with challenges including the IT skills gap. This slide show will discuss some of the more notable findings from the CompTIA “IT Industry Outlook 2017” and explain why the IT industry in the United States and worldwide is going strong.

  • CEO Satya Nadella and company President Brad Smith take a stand on Donald Trump's executive barring entry to citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days.

  • IT professionals increasingly are finding that changing times aren’t always the best of times, according to new data from IT modernization company Vision Solutions. In a global survey of nearly 1,600 IT professionals, Vision Solutions discovered the biggest challenges and opportunities affecting respondents in the ever-changing tech landscape. It found that disaster recovery is fraught with troubles and IT professionals don’t always know who is responsible for certain kinds of data. IT professionals also discussed the potential value in transferring business data to the cloud and revealed that a “no-cloud” policy is slowing giving way to a “must-have” cloud policy. Overall, the survey found the corporate IT landscape is changing rapidly as companies attempt to modernize their infrastructure and prepare for new business opportunities. But all this rapid change is putting pressure on IT decision-makers. This slide show discusses what it’s like to be on the front lines, trying to efficiently adopt new IT technologies at the office while maintaining business continuity.

  • The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of acquisition activity, new data from PwC shows. The worldwide consulting firm in January released its annual Deal Insights data for 2016 and 2017. The firm found that more than 1,600 technology deals were announced last year, including 11 that were valued at more than $5 billion each. Its data suggests the software and IT services sectors are among the most attractive in the mergers and acquisitions field. Companies and startups in cloud computing, artificial intelligence and the internet of things are expected to be sought-after M&A targets in the coming years. In fact, in its look ahead to 2017, PwC reported that companies in the cloud software industry will be in especially high demand. This slide show will dig into far more detail about the PwC technology industry acquisition data and outline the market segments that could see significant merger activity this year.

  • Not everyone is looking for a full-time position in a traditional 9-to-5 role. And that’s where FlexJobs comes in. FlexJobs is a repository where companies can post their job listings for job seekers in search of new positions that don’t fit the typical full-time mold, such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time and flexible-schedule jobs. It also provides research data that could be valuable to people exploring the job market. In its latest research report, FlexJobs sheds light on the most sought-after job categories, including those in the IT industry, as well as the positions job seekers are most likely to apply for through its service. The data shows IT positions are still in high demand, and those working in software development are most likely to find a position that suits their desires. The report also shows how job trends are changing. This slide show looks at the job market across industries and individual positions based on FlexJobs’ analysis of its own listings and job applicants.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: A close look at statements by newly-inaugurated President Donald Trump may provide some comfort to the U.S. technology industry, but it’s clear that some policies will change.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Avaya's bankruptcy is major news because it involves the world's largest and most widely installed legacy on-premises communications systems provider.

  • While security challenges often seem limitless, the resources that organizations have on hand to combat them are not. Security firm Trustwave issued a new report on Jan. 18 looking at the state of IT resources and staffing challenges titled, "Money, Minds and the Masses." The report is based on a survey of 147 IT security professionals, conducted by Osterman Research. The report concluded that it is becoming increasingly difficult for organizations to find talented IT security staff. Even if an organization is able to find staff, 35 percent of survey respondents indicated that retaining IT security staff is a major challenge. The staffing issue is further complicated when existing staff lack essential skills, with 40 percent of respondents admitting their organizations have inadequate skills sets to deal with evolving and emerging security risks. When looking at potential IT staff, experience was rated as the most valuable attribute by 83 percent of respondents, outpacing certifications at 25 percent. This slide show will cover some of important findings of the Money, Minds and the Masses report.

  • Users now can get immediate access to the latest version of the Windows server and desktop for virtualization at no extra cost.

  • The U.S. Department of Labor warns that the lawsuit could cost Oracle multiple millions of dollars in federal IT contracts if it is found in litigation to be non-compliant to federal rules.

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